Austin native Lynn Beaver has been active in local theatre for the past 20 years. She saw her first play in 1974 and fell completely in love with the performing arts. Lynn has been a director, actor and technician for more productions than she cares to count.
In February of this year, fledgling production company RKJB Entertainment burst onto the Austin stage with an original play with music, FOR THE LOVE OF MAHALIA. Hailed by critics and audiences alike, the new work starred the amazing Jacqui Cross, who virtually transformed into the Gospel great. This month marks their second production MOAN THEM BLUES, a one woman show featuring legendary Blues pioneer, Bessie Smith (Sonia Moore). Moore's rendition of Gimme A Pigfoot And A Bottle Of Beer stopped the show, I can scarcely wait to see a show that features such powerful talent. It's time our readers are introduced to Robert King, Jr and Jeremy Brown, the men behind these shows about such important icons of American culture.BWW Review: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS - Austin Shakespeare's Hilarious Take On The Bard May 10, 2017
William Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT, by The Baron's Men and playing at The Curtain Theatre is an excellent production in a perfectly idyllic setting. Arguably Shakespeare's most complicated comedy, AS YOU LIKE IT, may not be as beloved as MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING or A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM but in the hands of first time director Michael Osborn, The Baron's Men have surpassed the norm to present a flawless and professional production.BWW Review: HAMLET - Redux In Rep With Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead At City Theatre March 17, 2017
William Shakespeare's HAMLET is arguably one of the most universally popular plays ever written, but it's only one half of Redux in Rep at City Theatre. Along with ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD by Tom Stoppard, a play that comically deconstructs the iconic tragedy, the combination of the two shows give us a deeper look at the characters, motivations and plot of the famous tragedy.BWW Review: ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD - Redux In Rep With Hamlet At City Theatre March 17, 2017
Texas State University Musical Theatre Department has long been an exemplary program, but with the debut of THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SNOOPY, they move into the realm of the best professional companies around.BWW Review: PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON - An Enchanting Tale February 7, 2017
Peanuts fans rejoice! THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SNOOPY, a re-imagined sequel to YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN runs at Texas State University from February 14 - 19. A massive undertaking in the debut of this re-worked show, has Peanuts fans, like myself giddy with excitement. Head of Texas State University's Musical Theatre Department, Kaitlin Hopkins, took time from her busy schedule to answer some questions for BWW.BWW Review: THE NOISY NEIGHBORS OR IL CAMPIELLO - Different Stages At Trinity Street Theatre January 11, 2017
Some comedies tickle the funnybone, some evoke a warmth that makes your heart glow, Different Stages current production, THE NOISY NEIGHBORS OR IL CAMPIELLO by Carlo Goldoni and adapted by Richard Nelson succeeds on both levels, resulting in a completely delightful evening at the theatre.BWW Review: A TUNA CHRISTMAS - Brilliant Comic Duet December 12, 2016
Neil Simon's autobiographical comedy about his days as a writer in 1950's television, LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR, currently playing at City Theatre is an excellent way to spend an evening with charm and nostalgic wit.BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Lights Up The Holiday November 29, 2016
A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens, adapted and directed by Dave Steakley, currently playing at ZACH Theatre, has become an Austin tradition and is by far the best way to kick off the holiday season. Retooled to include new contemporary songs every year, the musical is performed by a Broadway caliber cast. The Dickens' classic has never been more entertaining, and with the addition of GREATER TUNA star Jaston Williams as Scrooge, this year is an extra special treat with a cherry on top.BWW Review: DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID - Awash With Problems November 28, 2016
There are problems inherent in producing a modern Broadway play. A musical based on an animated movie raises the difficulty level unbelievably high. The Georgetown Palace's current production of DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID is a prime example of just how high the bar is set in trying to reproduce what looks seamless in New York. Unfortunately the result is a somewhat bumpy voyage under the sea.BWW Review: GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS - Makes the Sale October 31, 2016
David Mamet's hard hitting drama GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, has never claimed to be an easy play to produce. Seven strong male actors and a commanding director are required to begin the undertaking, and even then, pitfalls abound. Thankfully City Theatre's production has all the elements to make this difficult play work on every level.BWW Review: HOUDINI SPEAKS TO THE LIVING - Pure Magic October 28, 2016
Hidden Room Theatre has a reputation for bringing life to the obscure and the unusual, they have once again struck gold with their latest endeavor. HOUDINI SPEAKS TO THE LIVING, an original work by director Beth Burns and Patrick Terry, brings the enigmatic magician to the stage with an interactive experience that is thrilling and certain to please.